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Cardinal finishes fourth at U.S. Open of Water Polo

 
Stanford's Kat Klass scored seven goals in the four games of the U.S. Open of Water Polo. Photo by Hector Garcia-Molina/stanfordphoto.com.

Younger sisters were able to grab some bragging rights Sunday in the U.S. Open of Water Polo at Speiker Aquatics Center in Berkeley.

The Cardinal club team dropped a 7-5 match to the USA Junior Team in the semifinals and then lost to SoCal 10-6 in the third-place match.


Katie Dudley
Stanford incoming freshman Sarah Klass, who was eligible to play for either team, recorded an assist for the USA Juniors. She's the younger sister of Stanford's Kat Klass, who scored twice and had an assist.

Also playing for USA were Ryann Neushul, the younger sister of Stanford grads Kiley and Jamie, who are currently playing for the U.S. national team in China, and Sacred Heart Prep grad Maddy Johnston, who could have played for any of three teams.

Neushul scored a goal and recorded an assist while Johnston took one shot and recorded a steal.

USA juniors goalie Carlee Kapana was spectacular, stopping 12 shots, including a penalty shot late in the game that could have turned the tide. Stanford outshot USA juniors 23-19.

Anna Rajaratnam scored midway through the first period, with an assist from Klass, to give Stanford an early. That came just as a power play was about to end, courtesy of an exclusion drawn by Katie Dudley.

Neushul recorded a steal about a minute later that led to USA's tying goal. Neushul then scored a goal in the final minute of the first period to put USA on top, 2-1.

Dudley, who finished the tournament with nine goals, scored midway through the second quarter to knot things up. It was 2-2 at halftime.

The teams traded goals early in the third period before USA scored twice to open a 5-3 advantage entering the final quarter.

Kat Klass scored twice in the opening 3:20 of the fourth to tie the score but USA responded quickly to regain the lead. Sarah Klass assisted on another goal to put USA up 7-5 with 3:37 remaining to play.

With 1:30 left, the Cardinal missed a penalty shot. Stanford recorded a turnover and missed a late shot the rest of the way.

In the third-place match, SoCal's Natalie Seidemann, a senior at UC Irvine, recorded an exclusion while older sister Melissa Seidemann was in Budapest with the U.S. senior national team.

Kat Klass led Stanford with three goals and Dudley added a pair. Klass scored seven goals in the four games.

Stanford had a presence in the title game, won by New York Athletic Club 'A' and assistant coach Becca Dorst, a graduate of Menlo-Atherton and Stanford.

Cardinal grads Ashley Grossman, who scored a goal, and Dani Jackovich played for NYAC, which was comprised mostly of Olympic gold medalists.

Sarah Klass scored for the USA Juniors in the 7-3 setback.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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